Russell, E. W. (2003). The critique of the HRNES in the Handbook of Normative Data for Neuropsychological Assessment. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 18(2), 177-180.

While providing excellent coverage for the norms used in a number of neuropsychological tests, the Handbook of Normative Data for Neuropsychological Assessment (Handbook) singles out for rejection a single set of norms, the Halstead Russell Neuropsychological Evaluation System (HRNES). The stated grounds for this rejection were not applied to any other of the several hundred sets of norms included in the book. The HRNES was rejected even though it fully meets the Handbook's selection criterion for tests to be included in the book. The author of this article feels that it is important for the users of the Handbook to become aware of certain flaws in the book, which could affect the reader's attempt to obtain adequate norms for their assessment. This article will describe the inconsistencies related to the HRNES, created by a neuropsychologist whose normative contributions over the years have been utilized by many neuropsychologists and which have been published by the Western Psychological Services. The author asserts that this complication in the Handbook renders the book unusable, in relation to these contributions. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2003 APA, all rights reserved)

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